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Meet the Staff Day

collageIn honor of our 15th anniversary, we’re celebrating Meet the Staff Day on October 22nd.

Take some time to get to know the people behind Calendars.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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A Celebration 15 Years in the Making

In honor of our 15th anniversary, we got the staff together for a group photo. Take a look at how much we’ve grown since our first year. Calendars.com Group Photo 2014

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15 Years! 15 Minutes of Fun! Week 2

This October marks the 15th anniversary of Calendars.com. 15 years. Wow.

We’ve decided to celebrate in a big way this month, 15 years after all is nothing to shrug your shoulders at. So, in addition to being thankful for 15 amazing years, we’ll find, and share, ways to have fun every single day.

October 9 – John Lennon’s Birthday

John Lennon

What better way to celebrate John Lennon’s Birthday than by listening to songs from the great man himself. Find or create a John Lennon station on Pandora or create a playlist on Spotify. Immerse yourself in his music today.

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
― John Lennon
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Happy Boss’s Day! An Interview with (Our Boss) Paul Hoffman

In honor of Boss’s Day we thought we’d share a little about Paul Hoffman, our boss and CEO of Calendars.com. Paul has been with Calendar Holdings, our parent company, since September 1993, when the company began. He also led the launch of Calendars.com in October 1999. In case you haven’t heard, it is our 15th anniversary this month!

When Paul first started his tenure, he was a seasonal employee charged with setting up store register and inventory tracking systems. Now he is here to tell us more about his life and career while adding a shocking answer to the pirate vs. ninja debate.

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15 Years! 15 Minutes of Fun!

This October marks the 15th anniversary of Calendars.com. 15 years. Wow.

We’ve decided to celebrate in a big way this month, 15 years after all is nothing to shrug your shoulders at. So, in addition to being thankful for 15 amazing years, we’ll find, and share, ways to have fun every single day.

October 1 – Flip Day

In celebration of Flip Day this month, reread our post about the perfect command center here. Start your month off right and get your house in order!

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Happy Cranky Co-Workers Day!

Grumpy Cat
On October 27th, make sure to have a Snickers bar and a double shot of espresso drink in hand. It’s Cranky Co-Workers Day!

Present these gifts to the office grouch to honor their contributions to the workplace. These contributions include: deliberately creating awkward silences to promote productivity, providing comfort to distraught co-workers by upstaging your troubles with tale of their terrible commute, and building personal character by obsessively terrifying everyone in the office.

So, cheers to the cranky co-worker!

Complain and whine your heart out today, because tomorrow we go back to cowering under our desk until you get your first cup of coffee.

Note: Cranky Co-workers Day Day is copyrighted by  Wellcat.

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Managing the Paper Tiger of Elementary School

Amy Knapp 2015 Family Organizer

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By Amy Knapp

The elementary school years produce more paper clutter, disguised as priceless pieces of art, than any other level. As we begin a new year, purchase a low profile, under the bed plastic storage box. As papers come in, sort into three categories; art, action, and information.

Art:
Whether it be your refrigerator, chalk board, or picture frame, designate an area for display. Sometimes you will be gifted with multiple pieces of art a week! Have your student help pick the most special and then store away the other in the box under the bed. As new art goes on display, the old art goes into the box.

Action:
Keep a folder or file for items that are going to require action. Keep it somewhere that it will be seen, both as a reminder and for quick reference. If you can put everything immediately into your calendar, including reminders and to-do’s that will be required. Once the event or action is complete you can either discard or move to information – you may need it for reference.

Information:
Nowadays you can look almost anything up online regarding your school and its schedule. For those papers you want to keep but won’t need immediate access to, create a file or folder that can be kept away. Each time you get a report card go through and purge old papers!
At the end of the school year have a big clean out. Go through the artwork, let your student keep five of their favorites; mail or send pictures of the rest to grandparents, aunts, and friends.

Creative ways to use old school art:
• Use pictures folded up as Christmas cards.
• Create a photo collage of drawings and paintings.
• Laminate and use as placemats on your table.
• Create an artwork wall in your student’s room.
• Use as wrapping paper for Birthday’s and Holidays.

About the Author:
Amy Knapp KitchenBorn in Washington, Michigan, Amy relocated to Chelsea, Michigan when she was young. She attended Western Michigan  University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She graduated from Western (’87) with a B. S. in Social Work.

In 1991, Amy joined forces with two other very talented women; together they formed Concept to Promotion, a specialty  advertising company. Within 5 years, sales had exceeded a million dollars a year and Knapp was doing national and international  promotions for large corporations headquartered in Michigan.

Six months after starting this business, Amy married her husband Dave. Now, they have two wonderful children. Complications with her daughter’s health led to her selling out of the business and staying home with the children.

Being a self-starter, Amy was disappointed with her lack of productivity and she couldn’t seem to get it going at home. Amy created what was soon to become Amy Knapp’s Family Organizer to keep track of appointments, errands, and schedules.

Amy is still a stay-at-home mom; also a soccer mom as her son begins his sports activities. For more information on Amy Knapp, make sure to check out her website at www.familyorganizer.com.

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First Place! #yourbestday

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Calendars.com Team Member Raina tells the story of her best day. Sounds like someone was on her way to stardom!

“When I was 12, my life revolved around music. It still does to some extent, but at 12 years old, I had my sights set on singing and playing piano every spare moment I had. My music teacher at that time encouraged me to enter my first ever public talent show. This was not just a school performance or recital; this was singing for people who would be watching of their own free will! The idea alone was both thrilling and terrifying.

My mom took me on a school night to perform at the Montgomery County Fair Talent Show. Disney’s The Little Mermaid had come out the year before, and the song “Part of your World” was one of my favorites. That was my pick, and even though I knew the song backwards and forwards, I was incredibly nervous.

I can’t even remember what number I was in the list of 20+ performers, but I remember it was kind of early in the show. My name was called; I walked up to the stage. My teacher was there to play the piano for my song, which was comforting. I honestly don’t even remember my performance, just that I was happy with it. I do remember looking into the audience at all the people. I finished, they clapped, and I rejoined my mom in the audience. She told me I was fantastic, and she was beaming!

We sat in the audience and watched as, one by one, performers came and went. I was completely surprised how many people were competing and by the variety and skill of the talents I saw. Of course there were other singers, but there was also a fiddle player, clog dancers, comedians, jugglers, guitarists, and other talents I’m sure I’ve forgotten. Most of the performers were adults who I thought were far more talented than me. I was ok with that, though. I didn’t really sign up for the competition; I signed up for the experience.

There are a lot of details I forget about that night, but I do remember that I was hungry. It was nearing 9 o’clock at night, and I had not had dinner. My mom gave me money to go grab a hot dog at a stand nearby. She ushered me to hurry up, as it seemed the show was drawing to a close. It was almost like she jinxed me, because I was still buying my hot dog when they began to announce 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place.

I could see the stage. My heart started pounding. I guess hunger outweighs patience when you’re 12, because I remember not stopping with my order despite my attention being fixed on the stage. Third place was announced as I was putting the ketchup on my hotdog. It wasn’t me. I was disappointed because I thought third place would be my best chance at a trophy, but a tiny part of me thought I might still have a chance at second place. I actually waited to take a bite of that hot dog despite the smell being right under my nose and my stomach growling. I was just hoping, waiting with anticipation, frozen in place at the back of the audience for the second place announcement, dinner in hand.

Someone else’s name was called. My heart sank. With my frozen state of anticipation broken, I rushed though the audience to rejoin my mom, and you’d better believe I shoved a good part of that hot dog in my mouth when I sat down. I might as well eat; first place was just not going to happen.

First place. I was barely paying attention and not even looking at the stage when they called my name. I was stunned, frozen in place again, and my mouth was full! I think my mom actually had to tell me to go up to the stage. I was still dazed as I gulped down the food in my mouth and took my place on the stage and received my trophy. First Place. I won first place!

I think the smile stuck on my face for weeks; I’m even smiling now thinking about it! It was truly one of my very best days.”

-Raina, Calendars.com, 2 years

 

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Make it count! #yourbestday

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“My best day was one I don’t even remember. It was March 10, 1972. I was a little early, but then again, I’m always early. On this particular day I was 11 weeks early.

I was a mere 2.5 pounds in a time when survival was slim to none. I was rushed from Conroe, TX to the children’s hospital in Houston. When my father saw me for the first time I was screaming at the top of my little lungs. He said to the nurse “She’s going to be just fine.” As it turns out, he was right.

I never take anyone or anything for granted. I work hard, play hard, love deeply and enjoy life. I intend to make it count!”

-Jessica M, Calendars.com, 16 years

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Finding #yourbestday, every day.

This month at Calendars.com we’ve committed to find inspiration every day. How do you find inspiration in your daily life? Calendars.com Team Member, Sarah, shares a story about her best day below.

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“If I gave the obvious answer I’d say January 25, 2000 and September 8, 2002. Those are the birthdays of my two sons. But, I like to be different so I’ll tell you about my most meaningful day.

The night before this I had received news that a very dear friend of mine had passed away. I was devastated and chose to spend the next day with my grief. As I sat on my back porch in solitude I watched nature go by. I was overwhelmed with sadness over the loss of my friend and unable to contemplate a world in which he didn’t exist. Nothing in life ever fully prepares you to deal with grief and there is nothing you can do but let it happen.

I sat there alone with my grief and so very, very sad. As I wept into my hands I was sure that nothing would ever make this better. Surely nothing could eclipse this awful sadness. Then, I looked up and resting on the railing of my porch were two perfect, blue, dragonflies. I kept perfectly still and watched them for a minute. They were spectacular. They had the most breathtakingly beautiful, perfect, wings. Not a flaw that I could find. Their wings rose and fell with the breeze and it seemed like this moment was made for them.

Suddenly they rose to fly away and I had the opportunity to look around. Everything, as far as I could see, was filled with dragonflies. Hundreds, if not thousands, of dragonflies were flying around my yard, through the creek behind my home, and all around the porch where I was sitting. I was in awe.

Surrounded by my grief one minute and then by breathtaking beauty the next. The dragonfly has always been my thing, it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to my face. So, I sat there on my back porch that day and smiled and then laughed. I stood up and spread my arms and felt them all around me and laughed some more. I thought of my friend, and our friendship, and laughed again.

They eventually left. My grief was still there but it felt a tad more manageable. I had found a bit of joy and in that I realized what would eclipse the sadness. There were many many times over the next few weeks and months that I thought of my friend and would lose my breath because I missed him so much. When I think of him now I still feel sad. I miss him all the time, that never goes away.

But, the beauty that was shown to me that day has always managed to shine through. I will never forget the joy I felt surrounded by those dragonflies. Even today as I type this and miss my friend so much – I still smile and feel the whisper of the dragonfly wings on my cheeks.”

-Sarah F, Calendars.com, 8 years

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